Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet ( C )

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

We are already up to the letter C in our blogging through the alphabet series. This week we are going to be looking at Claudia and Caleb.

Claudia: “Lame”

There is not much about Claudia in the Bible. She is mentioned in 2 Timothy 4. What we do know is she was a Christian and she knew Timothy. She was most likely in Rome where Paul was imprisoned. Some historians believe she was married to Pudens (who is also mentioned in 2 Timothy 4) while others believe she was Pilate’s wife. While we don’t know much about her, I have a strong feeling we will meet her in Heaven one day.

2 Timothy 4:21 ~ Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

Caleb: “bold; impetuous, a dog”

We learn about Caleb in the book of Numbers and Joshua. Caleb was sent, by Moses and along with eleven others, to be a spy. When he came back, he told Moses all about the giants and honey and fruit. He told the truth while ten of the others lied. Side note- remember the Sunday School song “Twelve men went to spy on Canaan, ten were bad and two were good.”

The two men who were “good” were Joshua and Caleb. Caleb believed that they could take possession of the land.

Numbers 13:30 ~ And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Numbers 14: 6-9 ~ And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.

Because of Caleb’s faithfulness, the Lord brought him out of Egypt with Joshua. Also, in his old age, Caleb received an inheritance in the Promised Land.

Joshua 14:13-14 ~ And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel.

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Menu Plan Monday and 34 Weeks of Clean

Menu Plan Monday

First up is my menu plan for this week. In no particular order (I usually just decide the day of when I pull something out of the freezer):

~ Cube steak and gravy with veggies
~ Spaghetti and salad
~ Spinach and chicken enchiladas
~ Chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese
~ Cilantro lime pork
~ Spicy chicken crunch wraps


Last week, I joined Michelle over at Faith, Family, & Friday’s for her 34 weeks of clean. We were to clean out our kitchen cabinets and drawers. I had already done this when I did a deep clean and purge of my kitchen the first couple weeks of January. This coming up week (week 4) we will be focusing on our refrigerators, freezers, and floors.  My fridge needs some deep cleaning and I have already started but will get it taken care of this week. I’ve already steam mopped my kitchen floor, but it could definitely use another mopping again.



Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (B)

Welcome to week two of blogging through the alphabet. This week our focus is going to be on these two people from the Bible.

Bathsheba: "daughter of the oath"

She was the wife of Uriah and after he died became the wife of King David. We can find her story in 2 Samuel 11. She was a beautiful woman. Both her father and husband (Uriah) were military under the direct control of the King. She became mother to Solomon.

Characteristics of Bathsheba:

  • Even though she committed adultery with David, she was faithful to him after they were married.
  • She was wise. She was able to ensure Solomon became king when David died.
  • She was Solomon's closest advisor during his reign,
  • She brought up Solomon in a godly and loving home.
2 Samuel 11:3 ~  And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

2 Samuel 12:24 ~ And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him.

1 Kings 1:16-17 ~ And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou? And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.

Boaz: "alacrity"

We find Boaz's story in the book of Ruth. He was a wealthy man and had some land in Bethlehem. Ruth began to glean on his land after she moved there with he mother-in-law Naomi.

Some characteristics of Boaz:

  • He was a man of God and loved God.
  • He was nice to Ruth when others may not have been.
  • He took care of Ruth's needs even before they were courting or married.
  • He was kind, thoughtful, and considerate.
Ruth 2:3 ~ And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

Ruth 2:10 ~ Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

Ruth 4:13 ~ So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.

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34 Weeks of Clean

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Michelle over at Family, Faith, & Fridays is going through her 34 weeks of clean that she has done in the past. This past week's area to clean was the pantry. I don't really have a pantry so, I use a corner lazy susan cabinet to hold my canned foods. I also use upper cabinets to store foods like pasta, flour, snacks, etc. This week, I focused on the corner cabinet, because it was the area that needed it the most.

It wasn't too bad

Took everything out and sorted it into categories

 I put fruit together, veggies together, pasta sauce together, etc.

We would love to have you join in. It didn't take me very long to do this task. Some tasks may be longer than others, but the goal is to have a clean, uncluttered house.



Five Minute Friday ~ Refine

Five Minute Friday - Refine

This weeks word prompt is refine.

I automatically remembered a song from when I was growing up, The Refiner’s Fire, sung by Steve Green.

The lyrics to the chorus:
The Refiner’s fire
Has now become my souls desire
Purged and cleansed and purified
That the Lord be glorified
He is consuming my soul
Refining me, making me whole
No matter what I may lose
I choose the Refiner’s fire
What does it mean to be refined? Well, according to Merriam Webster, it means to free (something, such as metal, sugar, or oil) from impurities or unwanted material, to free from moral imperfection, to improve or perfect by pruning or polishing, to reduce in vigor or intensity, to free from what is coarse, vulgar, or uncouth.

But, it also means to become pure or perfected, to make improvement by introducing subtleties or distinctions.

We, as Christians, should always want to be perfected by our Lord (the refiner). He takes us and molds us and makes us whole. We are to make improvements by reading the Bible and praying. We can become pure and perfected by giving our everything to the Lord. Even though it may hurt to go into the fire, when we come out we will be free from sin (impurities).


Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (A)

Welcome to the first week of blogging through the alphabet. I have decided to highlight a man and woman from the Bible each week that corresponds to the letter I am writing about. There may be some weeks that only have a man from the Bible highlighted if there are no woman with the letter I am on.

Abigail: "of joy"

She was the wife of Nabal and after he died, King David. You can find her story in 1 Samuel 25:14-42. Abigail is described as a beautiful woman and full of understanding. She was a Godly woman even when she was married to the wicked Nabal.

There are three characteristics of Abigail:
  • She was wise 
  • She was courageous
  • She was faithful
1 Samuel 25:32-33 ~ And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.

1 Samuel 25:40-41 ~ And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife. And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.

Abraham: "father of a multitude"

He was Sarah's husband and the father of Isaac and other sons. You can find his story in Genesis 11-25. He was a great man that was used by God. 

There are some things we can learn from Abraham:
  • He was older when God called him to set out on his journey ~ God can and will use us at any age.
  • He trusted God ~ If God told us to take our only son and offer him as a sacrifice, would we do it?
  • He obeyed God ~ He left his family when God told him and he took his son to offer as a sacrifice with no questions.
  • He relied on God to provide what was needed.
Genesis 22:8 ~ And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

Genesis 22:15-18 ~ And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

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Five Minute Friday ~ Middle

Today's word prompt for five minute Friday is middle. The rules are simple- just write for five minutes.

When I think about the word middle, I think about several things. One of the things I think about is the tv show called The Middle. Another thing I think about is my precious middle children. My son became a middle child at 2 years old and my daughter became a middle child at 5 1/2 years old. My son has not really known anything other than being the middle child. I grew up as the baby of the family, so I don't really know much about being stuck in the middle. I know that sometimes, for him, he gets pushed to the side or doesn't get to do something his older brother or younger sisters get to do. I try to remember to give my middle children the attention that they need. I have let my middle son come with me to the store without the others (even though I would rather go by myself). For my older daughter, it is a little different. She was the baby for over 5 years. She remembers what it was like not being in the middle. I also try to give her attention without her little sister tagging along. We have been out on a mother/daughter date of just the two of us and had a wonderful time. She needs to get away from her little sister (and older brothers) every once in a while. So, while I am not a middle and don't know what it is like to be in the middle, I still try to give my middles attention and love.


Blogging Through The Alphabet ~Landing Page

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I've decided to join in with some of my fellow Homeschool Review Crew members in a round of blogging through the alphabet. Annette and Amanda will be our hosts.

I have not actually decided what I will be blogging about, it will probably just be a random word that comes to my mind during the week. Or, I may blog about people in the Bible. I'm not quite sure yet. I have in the past done my favorite Bible verses and just random things.

The posts start next Tuesday. Be sure to come back and see what the other crew mates are writing about.

A ~ Abigail & Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba & Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli
F ~ Female at the Well and Felix
G ~ Gomer and Gideon
H ~ Hadassah and Hezekiah
I ~ Iscah and Isaiah
J ~Jochabed and Josiah
K ~ Kezia/Keren-happuch and Korah
L ~ Leah and Lazarus
M ~ Martha and Malachi
N ~ Naomi and Nicodemus
O ~ Orpah and Obadiah
P ~ Priscilla and Philip
Q ~ Queen Jezebel and Quartus
R ~ Rebekah and Rehoboam
S ~ Sarah and Samson
T ~ Tabitha and Titus
U ~ Unique Unnamed Women and Uriah
V, W, X ~ Vashti, Vajezatha, and Xerxes
Y ~ Young Maid of Israel and Young Lad who had a Lunch
Z ~ Zipporah and Zacchaeus



Five Minute Friday ~ Connect

Last year, I was introduced to five minute Friday writing prompts hosted on the blog Heading Home. The rules are simple, just write for 5 minutes on the word prompt. The first word prompt for this year is connect.

When I think about the word connect, I think about connecting to the internet. I grew up during the dial-up time of the internet. It was difficult having to wait to connect and sometimes it just wouldn't connect at all. Then, I would get connected only to have my mother tell me to get off the internet because she needed to call someone. If only our children (or grandchildren if you have them) knew how difficult it was to get connected to the internet. Wow! They would be shocked to not have that instant connection.

There is one connection that has always been instant and will always be instant until God returns to bring us to His home with him. How do we keep an instant connection with God? It's fairly simple, read His word and pray every day. Remember that song you use to sing at church, "read your Bible, pray every day and you'll grow, grow, grow." Reading your Bible and praying every day keeps an instant connection to God. He loves us and wants to keep that connection with us.


2017 Word of the Year

2017 Word of the Year

I wasn’t going to do a word of the year this year, but this word keeps coming back to me and I can’t get it off of my mind.

Intentional: done by intention or design (Merriam -Webster Dictionary)
Some synonyms are deliberate, knowing, purposeful, and voluntary.

Why Intentional?
To be honest, I’m not really sure. I know that God has laid it on my heart and He wants me to be more intentional in everything that I do. I need to spend my time more wisely. I need to be more intentional in what I do each day. I admit I am not the best housekeeper and I spend way too much time on Facebook, but this year, I am going to be changing that. I am going to be more intentional in keeping up the appearance of the house. I am going to be more intentional about spending too much time on Facebook. I also need to be more intentional on what I eat. I need to be spending more time in God’s Word. I also want to be in more pictures with my kids. And lastly, when I have chosen a word of the year in the past, I never came back and updated. This year, I will be intentional and update at least once a month.



The Beginner’s Bible ~ Review

The Beginner's Bible Review

My five year old daughter loves going to church. She loves learning about God and loves praying for others. She loves reading and learning about the different people in the Bible. She has a regular Bible but has not really done anything with it yet, since she is just starting to learn how to read. She also loves when anyone sits down and reads stories to her, stories with a lot of pictures. I didn’t tell her we were going to review a Bible story book, so when The Beginner’s Bible from Zonderkidz arrived, she was so excited! She immediately wanted me to read a story to her. It was a week before Christmas when the Bible arrived, so I chose to read her the Christmas story.


The Beginner’s Bible was originally published in 1989 and quickly became a best seller. This Bible storybook has over 90 stories from the Bible and includes an illustration on each page. It is a beautiful hardcover book with over 500 pages. The stories that are included are short and easy to read. It is the perfect book for a 4-8 year old. The illustrations in The Beginner’s Bible have been redesigned and make the stories come alive with their 3D appearance. The stories in the Old Testament covers from Creation to Jonah. The stories in the New Testament covers from Jesus’ birth to Jesus’ coming (Revelation). There is a two page content section in the front, so it is easy to find your favorite story. And there is also a dictionary (in the back) to help young children understand what some of the words mean.

The Beginner's Bible sample pages

I have been reading several of the stories from The Beginner’s Bible to my daughter since we have received it. After looking at the website and finding so many helpful printables and activities, I am planning to use the story book in our homeschool day. There are several activity (coloring sheets, mazes, matching, etc) sheets that can be printed for home use. There are also other resources that can be used with The Beginner’s Bible. I’m planning to use the recommend reading page that lists what stories to read during different times of the year. I also plan to print off several of the coloring sheets and other printables to use during our Bible time.

The Beginner's Bible Sample 2

We, my daughter and I, have really enjoyed reading from The Beginner’s Bible. My daughter loves all of the illustrations. I have not ever had the opportunity to have seen one or read from it and I’ve always heard great things about it. I am glad to have finally had the opportunity to receive one and share the best stories from the best Book with my daughter. I am looking forward to when she can read the stories herself (to me). I also pray that she will treasure this Bible story book and always have the love for God and the Bible that she has at 5 years old. When asked what her favorite story is, she says, “All of it!”

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Scripture and a Snapshot ~ 1/1/17

Wow, it's already a new year! I cannot believe how fast the years are just flying by. Back in 2013, I was able to review the Homeschool Mom's Bible. I still love using this Bible for my Bible readings and my daily devotions. I love that I can easily find the devotion for the day. I also love that the devotions are short and encouraging. For this year's Scripture and a Snapshot, I thought I would share a verse that encouraged me during the week. Since I have just started fresh, I am going to share a verse from the first devotion in the Bible.

I'm linking up over at a glimpse of our life:
Scripture and Snapshot



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